Sabrina Hahn: Inside the work WA Wildlife Hospital does for our previous wildlife

Sabrina HahnThe West Australian
Sabrina Hahn at WA Wildlife Hospital with a red-tailed black cockatoo.
Camera IconSabrina Hahn at WA Wildlife Hospital with a red-tailed black cockatoo. Credit: Supplied

After touring the WA Wildlife Hospital recently, the work it does in rescuing and rehabilitating wildlife has left a lasting impact on me.

The world-class facility opened its doors in April 2021 and has since admitted more than 16,000 animals, made up of 73 per cent birds as well as mammals, reptiles, amphibians and turtles.

Over 250 different species have been treated and rehabilitated, including endangered species. More than 2500 animals were rescued through the WA Wildlife Ambulance.

Climate change, encounters with human activities and habitat destruction is responsible for many of the rescues.

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Over 900 students have enrolled in its Wildlife Medicine Training Program to get valuable, hands-on experience.

On April 6, the hospital (located in Bibra Lake) will host an open day, providing a wonderful opportunity to get up close to our wildlife as well as receive education about protecting them.

Sabrina Hahn with a dingo at WA Wildlife Hospital.
Camera IconSabrina Hahn with a dingo at WA Wildlife Hospital. Credit: Supplied

Get ready to peek behind the curtain and discover the incredible world of wildlife rescue and rehabilitation.

From the tiniest birds to bobtails and pelicans, guests will experience the dedication and passion of staff and volunteers as they work tirelessly to heal and protect our furry and feathered friends.

There will be an exclusive guided tour of the facility as well as a meet and greet with some of its patients.

It’s day filled with furry friends, feathered companions, and unforgettable memories for the whole family. In order not to overwhelm the animals each tour will only take 15 adventurers, so booking early will be the best option.

WA Wildlife receives no State or Federal Government funding, it relies heavily on sponsorship, donations and volunteers in order to pay for the salaries in veterinary hospital, food and enrichment, medicines, treatment and rehabilitation programs.

Book your tour at wawildlife.rezdy.com/633939/wa-wildlife-open-day


Sticky traps we use in our gardens for insects and rodents are having a devastating affect on small birds, small marsupials and lizards — they get stuck and either die of exhaustion or get preyed on by cats.

3 jobs to do now

1. The weather is still warm and dry so continue to water the garden through the autumn period.

2. Prune stone fruit trees that have now finished fruiting — it’s best to do this before winter.

3. It’s time to sow everlasting seeds for a beautiful late winter/spring display. Lucinda Seeds has been supplying to WA for many years.

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